The Netherlands and Australia will loan Sri Lanka nearly US$ 13 million to develop dairy farms operated by the Government with 4,500 cows to be imported from down-under.
Accordingly, arrangements have been made to increase local milk production by importing 4,500 dairy animals from Australia and develop farms belonging to the National Livestock Development Board. A project has been crafted for this purpose. It will be launched in two stages.2,000 dairy animals will be imported under the first stage and the Bopaththlawa farm developed. The balance 2,500 dairy animals will be imported under the second stage and the Nikaweratiya and Siringapatha farms will be developed based on the performance of the first stage.